The movement began in the 1960’s, it had spawned out of drugs, freedom and the freedom to express yourself. The people involved this movement had wanted to delve further into their consciousness a similar aspect to the surrealists but at the same time the people involved in Psychedelia had used drugs like LSD and mushrooms and whatever hallucinogenics they could get their hands on to explore their consciousness and freedom.
It was very popular and had originated in the United States after the world war 2 and the campaign against Japan. It was also a movement were they had questioned the political and social situation such as issues to do with racism, discrimination against females etc.
The movement was inspired by many movements such as Pop art, Op art, Comic books, Surrealism and Art Nouveau.
The principles and characteristics of psychedelia were basically the use of vertical and horizontal graphic lines, curvy symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes, curvy typography that was stretched, squiggled and warped. The use of collage and garish colours that were very out there such a bright vomit green and a pinky red in combination together.
This is a cover for playboy done by Wes Wilson who was a well known figure in the psychedelia movement. As you can see there are the typical characteristics of the psychedelia movement with the use of garish over the top colour combinations such as the bright green and orange with the blue and purple together. The curvy stretched and warped words that make no sense what so ever in the background. The womans hair blown up into this vertical lines of what it seems to be depicting bunny ears.
Past Influences on Psychedelia
As you can see from the above examples Art Nouveau was a huge influence on Psychedelia, the first poster is of psychedelia and the second poster is a book cover from Art Nouveau. Psychedelia took aspects such as the curvy linear long and elongated flowy lines of Art Nouveau and also the subject matter as well such as women and birds.
Modern Influence on Graphic Design
An example of Psychedelia’s influence on modern graphic design, this is a poster which was part of a trend in I believe 2013 where word portraits made of famous celebrities and various humans using typography to portray their facial features. The use of the curvy warped typography is avail-ant in the poster with garish but not bright pastelly colours.
Here is another example of psychedelia’s influence with once again the use of curvy, warped typography in the making of Audrey hepburns graphic portrait.
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